Things I have learned in my 6 years as Bishop:
- Young men consider at each other's feet an appropriate activity to pass the time.
- Some members consider "Book of Mormon Stories" a racist song.
- You can't give sisters the priesthood even when they ask for it.
- Letting people know they are getting a new calling or being released from a calling usually goes better if they know before it is announced sacrament meeting.
- It is always a good idea to have a plan B when the youth are in charge of cooking on a camp out.
- Girl's camp different than boyscout camp. When an small animal is found they run screaming away from it. Boys run screaming towards it with clubs and knives drawn.
- When giving approval to the young men to build a fire, size, location and fuel all need to be specified.
- The most memorable combined activities involve the police showing up with guns drawn.
- Its better to confess your own transgressions than those of other ward members.
- When people are in your office crying, laughter is not always the best medicine.
- You know fast and testimony meeting has gone horribly wrong when the police show up and remove someone because of their testimony. (This happened in his ward the same day we were serenaded with Amazing Grace in our ward in Kansas. Awesome Day!)
A little side note about #4. Ryan has plans on Sunday to give himself his favorite calling right before he is released - as his last act as Bishop. I think it's very clever.